Posted by Joshua Vanoverschelde on 10/8/2021 to Articles
Hello PoTown Store Blog Readers, it's ZapdosTCG here, and today I'll talk about my favorite deck in today's meta: Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX with Galarian Moltres V. Also better known as Dark Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX. If you’re missing any cards to build the Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX deck or any other deck, feel free to pick up some PTCGL codes right here at the PoTown store. That's being said, now let's look into the Dark Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX deck.
About the deck
This deck has a lot of great things going for it. First of all, we already know that Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX is a busted card, and with Galarian Moltres V, you cover your Psychic weakness. Dragapult VMAX and Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX are no longer auto loss for us! We can go lone Galarian Moltres V and win the game that way.
Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX has, of course, Gale Thrust, which slaps 150 damage for simply one energy. But more importantly, is the G-MAX Rapid Flow which slaps 120 damage to 2 of the opponent's Pokemon. This is an ideal attack to get multiple prize cards at once and is very deathly against a lot of Pokemon online decks. You can get rid of 2 Sobble's on the opponent's bench, or how about 2 Houndour or 2 Inkay, it's all possible. You can win games on the spot if you go first and get a second turn G Max Rapid Flow off.
The cool thing about this list is that it's still using an Inteleon Shady Dealings engine. That way, you can cherry-pick a lot of 1-off cards in the deck. How about Cheryl at the correct time or a Tool Scrapper? Easy searchable with Drizzile or Inteleon, thanks to the ability of Shady Dealings. On top of that, we also have some Quick Shooting Inteleons on the list. To soften up some Pokemon so we can get easily 2 shot them.
The best thing is that with the help of Passimian and Telescopic Sight, we can dish out 180 damage to 2 of the opponent's benched V Pokemon with G MAX Rapid Flow. And the even better news is that you can get back-to-back G Max Rapid Flows with the help of Direflame Wings of Galarian Moltres V and Energy Switch. I really love it when that happens, and is almost a guaranteed win! On top of slap damage on 2 targets, we have to discard our energies, but that in itself pairs really well with Cheryl.
This list also runs a lot of Switch out. A Switch, Escape Rope, Air Balloon, a Bird Keeper, and 2 Tower Of Waters. This is because we want to use the attack Gale Thrust of Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX as well. Solid attack for a low energy cost and can also OHKO Crobat Vs in the early or late game because of weakness.
There are two ways you can go with this deck. Either you go first and already attach energy onto Rapid Strike Urshfiu V to threaten a second turn GMax Rapid Flow. Or you go second and use the Keep Calling attack on a Sobble to get out your army. Going first is preferred, but now you know that going second might also have its benefits. The attack Strafe on Rapid Strike Urshifu V can also protect your main attacker since you move to the bench.
Galarian Moltres V is a super solid attacker as well, being able to hit for 190 damage. Enough to hunt down certain bench sitters like Crobat V, Kricketune V, Eldegoss V, and more! One energy on a Galarian Moltres V is always scary for an opponent as you can then set up the necessary energies the following turn. Decks like Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX are always shaking in their boots when they see one!
|1x Crobat V DAA 182||2x Tower of Waters BST 138||4x Rapid Strike Energy BST 140|
|2x Galarian Moltres V CRE 97||1x Tool Scrapper RCL 168||4x Darkness Energy SWSHEnergy 7|
|1x Passimian PR-SW 115||1x Cheryl BST 123||1x Fighting Energy SWSHEnergy 6|
|3x Rapid Strike Urshifu V BST 87||3x Evolution Incense SSH 163|
|3x Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX BST 88||1x Bird Keeper DAA 159|
|4x Sobble CRE 41||4x Quick Ball SSH 179|
|3x Drizzile SSH 56||1x Escape Rope BUS 163|
|1x Inteleon SSH 58||1x Energy Search SSH 161|
|2x Inteleon CRE 43||1x Air Balloon SSH 156|
|2x Boss's Orders SHF 58|
|4x Level Ball BST 129|
|4x Professor's Research SHF 60|
|2x Marnie SSH 169|
|2x Energy Switch SSH 162|
|1x Telescopic Sight VIV 160|
|1x Switch SSH 183|
Now let us talk about some matchups, shall we. The matchup spread looks like this:
Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX
Single Strike Urshifu VMAX/Umbreon VMAX
Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX/Inteleon
Suicune V Ludicolo
Rapid Strike Malamar
VS Jolteon VMAX / Eternatus VMAX
Against decks like Jolteon VMAX and Eternatus VMAX, it's quite easy, and we hit them for weakness on top of having Quick Shooting Inteleon, so these matchups are easy as pie. You just try to Gale Thrust their main attacker and should be fine. Against Eternatus VMAX, they try and come with Galarian Motres V, but you should outpace them, and on top of that, a G Max Rapid Flow with Passimian and Telescopic Sight allows you to take 4 prize cards on 2 benched Crobat V.
VS Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX / Dragapult VMAX
Both of these matchups look scary on paper for Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX. Luckily we are playing the Darkness built with Galarian Moltres. Try to get out a Galarian Moltres with at least 1 energy on turn 1. That way, you can threaten a second turn Aura Burn on their main attacker. You can OHKO Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX as well as Dragapult VMAX, so these matchups become quite doable now. I recommend not slapping down Rapid Strike Urshifu V in these matchups. Just go lone Galarian Moltres V with some Sobbles on the bench. With Drizzile, you can find yourself a Darkness Energy thanks to Energy Search. Shadow Ridder Calyrex VMAX might be surprisingly close if they go for Alcremie VMAX. The good thing is that we can cherrypick Boss's Orders and just target down 2 Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAXs. Escape Rope might also do miracles in certain games!
VS Rayquaza VMAX
This is rather easy because you typically can get rid of their Flaaffy with back-to-back G Max Rapid Flows. In some games where the opponent has a good hand and is able to get down 4 Mareeps on turn 1, it might be more difficult, but in theory, you are quicker, so it should work out. They might also have consistency issues with their Fire Energy. And we can slowly setup Galarian Moltres V to OHKO Kricketune V here as well.
VS Single Strike Urshifu VMAX/Umbreon VMAX
This is a really close one. It really depends on the coin flip, to be honest. If you go first and are able to G Max Rapid Flow 2 Houndours, you should be Golden. If they turn into Houndooms, it's a little scarier. Single Strike Urshifu VMAX also damages itself thanks to Single Strike Roar, so a Gale Thrust into G Max Rapid Flow could work out. The problem is that they potentially can OHKO us.
VS Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX/Inteleon
This is basically a mirror match. Use Cheryl to overcome the mirror match!
VS Zacian V / Zamazenta V
Be sure to get out an army of Quick Shooting here. In combination with 2 Quick Shootings, the Galarian Moltres V is able to OHKO the Zamazenta V. Crystal Cave is quite annoying here, so place your Damage Counters well. We are also able to use a Cheryl to undo a turn of the opponent! Close enjoyable games against this archetype. You can also take a cheeky prize card on an Oranguru here :-)
VS Suicune V Ludicolo
Be sure to G Max Rapid Flow the Loads if you see them. After that move, go for the Cheryl and use a Gale Thrust. Follow that up with another G-Max Rapid Flow and clean the last Pokemon off with your second attacker!
VS Rapid Strike Malamar
This is a tricky one. It all depends on if they are able to get out 3 Inkays in a turn. All you need to do is get rid of the Inkays before they evolve with G Max Rapid Flow. If they only get out 2, you'll easily win the match. If there are 3 Inkays in play, it's sometimes better to hunt down after their consistency Pokemon like Octillery and Cinccino. That, in combination with a Marnie, can also leave them crippled with nothing to do.
If you are not able to attack, it's also nice to put up Galarian Moltres V in the early game since they need 6 Rapid Strike cards in hand in order to OHKO it. So a little hopeful tank.
VS Leafeon VMAX
Leafeon VMAX is able to hit 60 damage for every energy in our Retreat Cost. Cards like Tower of Waters and Air Balloon are sweet ways to lower the damage output. At most, their damage output is 240 damage, so Cheryl works miracles here. They also run an Inteleon engine which means you can G Max Rapid Flow 2 Sobbles early game as well to cripple their consistency.
VS Victini VMAX
This is all a coin flip matter here. If they go first and are able to hunt down your Rapid Strike Urshifu V before it's able to evolve, it's hard to come back.
So make sure to get out 2 Rapid Strike Urshifu Vs on turn 1. A Sobble with Keep Calling can really help with this issue! As soon as the VMax Urshifu is out, the matchup becomes more winnable.
It's simple, either you G Max Rapid Flow their Rowlett back to back and win the game, or they get out 1 Decidueye and there's nothing more we can do.
Deep Forest Camo is just a super solid ability. A one-off Phoebe can help but we don't have the room for it.
VS Sylveon VMAX
This is a very difficult matchup. We have to 2-Shot Sylveon VMAX at best and they can OHKO us. If they have a bad start we can overrun them but win crumble quite easily as soon as 1 Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX goes down. G Max Rapid Flow onto Remoraid in combination with Marnie could help slow them down. But it's definitely one of the harder matchups.
And that's it: a full in-depth look at one of the most powerful pokemon online decks in the standard format. I really like this version more than the straight built as this version can win against certain Psychic archetypes with the help of Galarian Moltres V. Cards like Medicham V are also great to think about but you can't have it all in one deck right haha. If you want to learn more, you can see this deck in action over at my YouTube channel. If you’re looking for any PTCGO codes to build this deck on PTCGO, be sure to pick up some PTCGL codes right here. PoTown store offers PTCGO codes at a very competitive price and ensures instant delivery of your PTCGL codes directly to your email. I wish you all a fantastic day, thanks for reading my blog post, and till next time!